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Amis, Sir Kingsley
Amis, Martin
Austen, Jane
Bainbridge, Beryl
Ballard, J G
Banks, Lynne Reid
Barstow, Stan
Behan, Brendan
Bell, Mary Haley
Braine, John
Bronte, Anne
Bronte, Charlotte
Bronte, Emily
Burgess, Anthony
Byatt, A S
Byron, Lord
Carroll, Lewis
Carter, Angela
Collins, Wilkie
Conrad, Joseph
Cormier, Robert
Defoe, Daniel
Delderfield, R F
Dickens, Charles
Dunn, Nell
Durrell, Gerald
Eliot, George
Fielding, Henry
Forster, E M
Forster, Margaret
Fowles, John
Freud, Esther
Galsworthy, John
Gaskell, Elizabeth
Golding, William
Graves, Robert
Greene, Graham
Hardy, Thomas
Hartley, L P
Hines, Barry
Hornby, Nick
Huxley, Aldous
Isherwood, Christopher
Ishiguro, Kazuo
Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer
Joyce, James
Kipling, Rudyard
Kureishi, Hanif
Lawrence, D H
Lee, Laurie
Lewis, C S
Lewis, Ted
MacInnes, Colin
Maugham, William Somerset
McEwan, Ian
McGrath, Patrick
Mosley, Nicholas
Orwell, George
Powell, Anthony
Rhys, Jean
Richardson, Samuel
Rowling, J K
Scott, Paul
Scott, Sir Walter
Shelley, Mary
Sillitoe, Alan
Sinclair, Iain
Spark, Muriel
Sterne, Laurence
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Stoker, Bram
Storey, David
Swift, Jonathan
Thackeray, William Makepeace
Tolkien, J R R
Trevor, William
Trollope, Anthony
Wallace, Edgar
Waterhouse, Keith
Waugh, Evelyn
Wells, H G
Welsh, Irvine
West, Dame Rebecca
Wilde, Oscar
Winterson, Jeanette
Woolf, Virginia
Restoration and 18th Century. The Restoration: 1660-1702. The Eighteenth Century: from the accession of Queen Anne until the death of Johnson, 1702-1784. Back to top

Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe.

Robinson Crusoe. 1953. Luis Bunuel's only American-financed film is is a reasonably reliable version of the Daniel Defoe's novel about a 17th century shipwreck victim.

Robinson Crusoe.

Robinson Crusoe. 2002

Robinson Crusoe.
Robinson Crusoe. 2003. Animation.

Robinson Crusoe.
Moll Flanders. 1996. Based on the 18th century novel by Daniel Defoe, award winning writer Andrew Davis tells the story of the notorious Moll Flanders who survives on seduction, cunning and wit. Five times married, once to her own brother, Moll has had more than her fair share of sexual adventures but when the stock of husbands runs out she turns to a dangerous life of crime. Moll soon becomes Britain’s most wanted criminal.


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Gulliver's Travels.

Gulliver's Travels. 1996. Ebulliently imaginative and far more cleverly presented than you would expect from a TV miniseries, this adaptation of Gulliver's Travels succeeds by never pandering to the lowest common denominator. Closely based on Jonathan Swift's 1726 classic, it is enhanced by dazzling special effects

Gulliver's Travels.

Gulliver's Travels. 1976. The combination of live action and animation give a three dimensional effect to this version of Jonathan Swift's classic story. Richard Harris stars as Gulliver as he explores the magical worlds and people he encounters.

Gulliver's Travels.

Gulliver's Travels. 1939. This was only the second animated motion picture of its kind ever produced - the first being Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.


Samuel Richardson

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Clarissa. 1991. Adaptation of Richardson's novel. Clarissa struggles to remain pure and to convert adulterous Lovelace, while Lovelace fights to subdue her and to stay unaffected by his growing feelings for her.


Henry Fielding

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Tom Jones.

Tom Jones. 1963. Based on the novel by Henry Fielding about the wild exploits of a rustic playboy.

Joseph Andrews

Joseph Andrews.1977.


Laurence Sterne

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Tom Jones.

Tristram Shandy. A Cock And Bull Story. 2006. Michael Winterbottom is out to film the unfilmable novel: an adaptation of Laurence Sterne's sprawling 18th Century masterpiece of digression, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, starring Steve Coogan.


Sir Walter Scott

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Ivanhoe. 1997. The quintessential novel about chivalry, Ivanhoe is set about a century after the Battle of Hastings, so that there is still conflict between the ruling Normans and the defeated Saxons in England. Because this is a mini-series we are able to enjoy every one of Scott's plots complications.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood. 1938. Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin Hood in the most gloriously swashbuckling version of the legendary story.


Jane Austen

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The Jane Austen Collection.

The Jane Austen Collection. Six features adapted from the novels by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Emma, Persuasion.

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice. 2005.Winning wide acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, this latest take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is an all-round triumph. See also: Pride and Prejudice 1995 USA UK

Emma. A faithful, enchanting adaptation of Austen's nineteenth-century tale of Emma Woodhouse, a clever young woman whose mischievous matchmaking schemes nearly cost her her own shot at romance.


Persuasion. 1995. The story of a love that survives eight years of dormancy and the frustrating obstacles of class prejudice in 19th century England.

Sense And Sensibility

Sense And Sensibility. 1996. Emma Thompson scores a double bull's-eye with Sense and Sensibility. Not only does Thompson turn in a strong (and gently humorous) performance as Elinor Dashwood--the one with "sense"--she also wrote the witty, wise screenplay.

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Lord George Gordon Byron


Byron. 2003. BBC drama on the life of Lord Byron. We go from Greece to London to Italy, back to Greece where he dies fighting for freedom.


Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. 1994. Kenneth Branagh plays Frankenstein, a man so obsessed with conquering death that he decides to create life.

Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein.

Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein. 1931. Two classic Universal monster films


Gothic. 1986. Directed by Ken Russell. Horror story based on the events of one dark night in July 1816, when Lord Byron's houseguests Mary Shelley and Dr. Polidori, fuelled by gothic novels and laudanum, conceived Frankenstein and the Vampyre respectively.

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Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South.

North and South. 2005. Adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel. Margaret Hale, a southerner, has newly moved to the industrial town of Milton. When the workers of a cotton mill strike, Margaret immediately takes their side, already displaying a strong dislike for the mill's owner, John Thornton.

Wives and Daughters.

Wives and Daughters. 1999. Andrew Davies' adaptation of Mrs Gaskell's novel was hailed as the rediscovery of a "forgotten" classic novel and found the BBC on the crest of a wave with costume dramas


William Makepeace Thackeray

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Vanity Fair.

Vanity Fair. 1999. Vanity Fair Follows the fortunes of Becky Sharp as she climbs the social ladder. Determined to reach the top, Becky schemes and seduces those who get in her way. Her progress is threatened, however, when she encounters real love.

Vanity Fair.

Vanity Fair. 2004. The corsets and high waists of the 19th century meet the lush colors and visual splendor of India in Vanity Fair, a classic novel translated into modern celluloid by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding).

Vanity Fair.

Vanity Fair. 1967. A BBC adaptation of Thackery's novel Vanity Fair which follows the relative changes in fortunes of two friends in the early 1800s.

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon. 1975. Perhaps Stanley Kubrick's most underrated film, Barry Lyndon is adapted from the picaresque novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Vanity Fair. Sense and Sensibility. Shakespeare in Love.

Three feature films. Vanity Fair. Sense and Sensibility. Shakespeare in Love.

Charles Dickens

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Bleak House

Bleak House. 2005. Acclaimed writer Andrew Davies turns his talents to one of Charles Dickens' most brilliant novels - arguably the greatest ever depiction of Victorian London. Fresh and imaginative, yet faithful to the original

Charles Dickens Collection.

Charles Dickens Collection. Box set of adaptations of popular tales from Charles Dickens.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations, and others. Boxed set of films.

David Copperfield.

David Copperfield. 1999. The BBC's adaptation of David Copperfield has something to suit every taste: a well-paced screenplay that keeps the tale bowling along without losing the delights of some of Dickens' most sparkling dialogue and a rich gallery of characters.

Oliver Twist.

Oliver Twist. 2005.
See also: Oliver Twist 1948

Anthony Trollope

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The Barchester Chronicles.

The Barchester Chronicles. 1982. Adaptation of two Anthony Trollope novels. The respected Reverend of Barchester becomes a victim of association when the Church is accused of corruption.

The Pallisers.

The Pallisers. 1977. Drama which exposes the scandal and intrigue of the elite social strata of mid-Victorian society. Based on the political novels of Anthony Trollope.

The Anthony Trollope Collection

The Anthony Trollope Collection. 1982. (The Barchester Chronicles / He Knew He Was Right / The Way We Live Now)


Charlotte Bronte

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Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre. 1996. Victorian England, and an abused orphan becomes the governess of Thornfield Hall. There she meets Mr. Rochester. Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte.

Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre.1983. This magnificent production recreates Charlotte Bronte's passionate and tender story of the love between a fiercely independent governess and her brusque, mysterious employer.

Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre. 1934.


Emily Bronte

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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights. 1992. Peter Kosminsky's adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights.1970. The immortal story of defiant young lovers, Heathcliffe and Catherine who will not be separated - even by the grave.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights. 1939. William Wyler's classic production with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights. 2006. BBC.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights and Tess of the D'Urbervilles. 1998. Acclaimed adaptations of Emily Bronte and Thomas Hardy's classic tragic novels.

Anne Bronte

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Victorian England, 1848. Helen Graham becomes the new tenant at Wildfell Hall. Her unconventional life hides a hidden past. A period drama based on the novel by Anne Bronte.


George Eliot.

(Pen-name of Mary Annn Evans). 1819-1880.
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The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss. 1978. George Eliot's classic tale of love, rejection and reconciliation in which Maggie Tulliver is a rare free spirit in Victorian society who has to look outside the love of her own family to find the companionship and life she craves.


Middlemarch. 1994. This BBC adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch is so remarkable that after viewing it disaffected English Literature students may find themselves revisiting the once-dreaded novel with pleasurable anticipation.

Silas Marner.

Silas Marner. A member of a strict religious community, is wrongly accused of theft and has no choice but to move to a faraway village.

Daniel Deronda.

Daniel Deronda. 2002. Masterpiece Theater's production of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda was adapted by Andrew Davies from George Eliot's last and, perhaps, most ambitious novel.


Wilkie Collins

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The Woman in White

The Woman in White. 1998. Based on the novel by Wilkie Collins, the first English detective novel.

The Moonstone

The Moonstone. 1934. Based on the novel by Wilkie Collins.


Lewis Carroll

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 1972. A fifiteen year old Fiona Fullerton heads an all star British cast in this double BAFTA winning musical comedy-widely regarded as the most lavish and most faithful adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic novel.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland. 1966. An intellectual Alice in Wonderland made for television by Jonathan Miller.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland. 1999. Produced for NBC television

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland. 1983. Part of the Broadway Theater Archives. Stage production

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland. 1951 Disney adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic

Thomas Hardy

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Tess. 1980. Roman Polanski adapted Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles and came up with this moody, haunting film starring Nastassia Kinski as the farm girl who is misused by the aristocrat for whom she works and who is then caught in a marriage where her initial happiness soon turns to grief.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles. 1998. Made for TV version of Thomas Hardy's classic novel in which a peasant girl becomes torn between two men. Set in the Victorian era, Tess's predicament and the hypocrisy of the era leads only towards tragedy.


Jude. 1996. Dramatic adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel in which a stonemason dreams of a university education. Christopher Eccleston plays Jude Fawley, a self-educated stonemason who holds the dream of attending university but identifies with the working class. Kate Winslet plays his cousin Sue Bridehead, a young woman with suffragette leanings and a position as a teacher's assistant.

Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd. 1967. John Schlesinger's solid adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel sees three rival suitors vying for the affections of the beautiful Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie decked out in a variety of bonnets and frilly dresses), who has just inherited a farm.

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Jude the Obscure 1971
The Mayor of Casterbridge 1978
The Woodlanders 1998
The Scarlet Tunic 1998
The Mayor of Casterbridge 2003
Under The Greenwood Tree 2005

Bram Stoker

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Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula. 1992.

Dracula and House of Dracula.

Dracula and House of Dracula. 1931. Two classic Universal monster films.

Horror of Dracula.

Horror of Dracula. 1958. Often regarded as the highlight of Hammer horror's oeuvre. Although based on the classic story, Hammer very much makes it their own.

Curse Of Frankenstein, The Horror Of Dracula, The Mummy

Hammer Horror set: Curse Of Frankenstein, The Horror Of Dracula, The Mummy

The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm. 1988. Adapted by Ken Russell from Bram Stoker's The Lair of the White Worm.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. 1920. In this silent version John Barrymore is dignified and virtuous as Dr Henry Jekyll, and transforms into Id incarnate as the lascivious Mr. Hyde.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. 1941. Spencer Tracy plays the benevolent Dr. Jekyll, whose experiments in releasing the evil impulses within himself transform him into the bestial Mr. Hyde.


Kidnapped. 2005. Dramatisation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. In the politically divided Scotland of 1751, orphaned Davie Balfour leaves the peace of his idyllic Lowland home to seek out his inheritance from his estranged uncle.

Treasure Island.

Treasure Island. 1950. Of all the stories of sea and ships and daring desperate men, none can compare with the adventure of Treasure Island.


Oscar Wilde

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray. 1974. Adaptation of Oscar Wilde's nove.l A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent..

The Oscar Wilde Collection

The Oscar Wilde Collection. Includes 4 works: The Importance of Being Earnest. The Picture of Dorian Gray. An Ideal Husband. Lady Windermere's Fan

The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Importance of Being Earnest. 2002. Comedy masterpiece set during the Victorian era.

The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Importance of Being Earnest. 1952. If you're looking for the definitive example of dry wit, look no further than this version of The Importance of Being Earnest.


Joseph Conrad

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Lord Jim.

Lord Jim. 1965. Film version of Joseph Conrad's classic novel about an idealistic young naval officer who, discharged for an act of cowardice, proves himself a hero when caught and tortured by a feudal war lord in the jungles and islands of the Far East.

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now. 1979. Francis Ford Coppola's masterful film about the moral madness of the Vietnam War was inspired by Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness.

The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent. 1998. Adapted from a story by Joseph Conrad. Screenplay and direction by Christopher Hampton.

The Duellists.

The Duellists. 1978. One of the great directorial debuts, Ridley Scott's The Duellists is an extraordinary achievement which weaves an epic-in-miniature set around the edges of the Napoleonic Wars. Based on a story by Joseph Conrad, in turn inspired by real events.

Swept From the Sea

Swept From the Sea. Based on the Joseph Conrad story Amy Foster, a swirlingly romantic melodrama, tells the story of a Polish sailor shipwrecked and washed ashore on the English coast in the 19th century.

Rudyard Kipling

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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book. 1942. The original screen version of Rudyard Kipling's tale of a young boy who grows up with a family of wolves.


Kim. 1951. Adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale involving an orphaned English boy in 1880's India who assumes a native's identity and gets involved in local espionage plot.

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H G Wells

War of the War of the Worlds

War of the War of the Worlds. 2005. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Staring Tom Cruise. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells' seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.

War of the War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds. 1954. Visionary producer George Pal brought the classic HG Wells story of a Martian invasion to the big screen, and it instantly became a science-fiction classic and winner of the 1953 Academy Award for Best Special Effects.

The Time Machine

The Time Machine. 1960. Producer-director George Pal's The Time Machine reshaped HG Wells' thoughtful, ironic novel into a two-fisted action movie, but one that still appeals to children and adults immensely and deserves its classic status.

First Men in the Moon.

First Men in the Moon. 1964. An adaptation of H.G. Wells' famous science fiction novel. A group of United Nations astronauts are alarmed at the tales told by a scientist who claims to have been attacked on the moon. The next planned mission to the moon may be under threat from ant-like creatures.

The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come. 1979. Remake of a 1936 sci-fi future dystopia tale by H.G. Wells.

John Galsworthy

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The Forsyte Saga

The Forsyte Saga. 1969. 26-episode production, based on several novels and short stories by John Galsworthy.


William Somerset Maugham

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Of Human Bondage.

Of Human Bondage. W. Somerset Maugham's novel receives an excellent adaptation to the screen in this 1934 film directed by John Cromwell.

Leading Ladies Of The Silver Screen

3 Leading Ladies Of The Silver Screen Vol. 2: Of Human Bondage, Behave Yourself, Home Town Story

The Razor's Edge.

The Razor's Edge. 1946. Based on W. Somerset Maugham's highly acclaimed 1944 novel, this is an ambitious account of one man's quest for spiritual identity.

The Moon and Sixpence.

The Moon and Sixpence. 1943.

Being Julia.

Being Julia. 2004. Adaptation of the 1937 novel Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham.

Edgar Wallace

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King Kong

King Kong. 2005. Based on a story by Edgar Wallace.

.King Kong
King Kong. 1933. Based on a story by Edgar Wallace. The Original Black and White Classic starring Fay Wray

King Kong
King Kong. 1976 remake

Circus of Fear.

Circus of Fear. 1967. Based on a story by Edgar Wallace. A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder.

The Phantom of Soho.

The Phantom of Soho. 1966. Based on a story by Edgar Wallace.

E M Forster

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A Passage to India.

A Passage to India. 1985. David Lean's adaptation of EM Forster's mysterious tale of racism in colonial India, turned out to be the master director's final film. Subtle and grand at the same time, Lean's adaptation is faithful to the book.

A Room With a View.

A Room With a View. 1986. Splendidly adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster; a comedy of the heart, a passionate romance and a study of repression within the class system of manners and mores.

Howards End.

Howards End. 1992. E M Forster's beautifully subtle story of the criss-crossing paths of the privileged and those they disdain.

Where Angels Fear to Tread.

Where Angels Fear to Tread. 1991. An adaptation of E.M. Forster's debut novel. A woman who has recently lost her husband visits Italy where she soon marries again.


Maurice, 1987, deals with a theme few period pieces dare mention--a young man's struggle with his homosexuality. It's not just a gay coming-of-age story, however. The hero wrestles with British class society as much as his personal and sexual identity.

James Joyce

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Bloom. (Bl,.m). 2003. Adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses. By writer and director Sean Walsh.


Ulysses. 1967. Dublin: June 16th, 1904. Stephen Daedalus, a poet, embarks on a day of wandering about the city during which he finds friendship and a father figure in Leopold Bloom, a middle-aged Jew. Meanwhile, Bloom's day, illuminated by a funeral and an evening of drinking and revelry that stirs paternal feelings towards Stephen, ends with a rapprochement with Molly, his cuckolding wife.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. 1977. Stephen Dedalus is a young man growing up in Ireland in the early part of the twentieth century. He starts to feel a stranger in his own land as he starts to understand the nature of art and politics and he has to make a decision whether to accept exile in another land or stay and fight.

The Dead.

The Dead. 1987. Adaptation of the final story from Joyce's Dubliners, directed by John Huston.


Nora. 2000. The story of one of the great literary love affairs of the twentieth century between James Joyce and Nora Barnacle. Nora, whilst working in a hotel in Dublin, meets Joyce, who immediately falls in love with her.

Virginia Woolf

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To the Lighthouse.

To the Lighthouse. 1983. A faithful dramatization of Virginia Woolf's novel. A lecturer, his family, the spinster Aunt Lily, an old friend, and a student, Charles Tansley, spend a summer in an isolated house in Cornwall just before World War I.

Mrs Dalloway.

Mrs Dalloway. 1998. A drama based on the novel by Virginia Woolf which tells the story of an MP's wife who meets a former lover at a party.


Orlando. 1993. Drama based on the book by Virginia Woolf, which tells of Orlando, a 'person' searching for new experiences, existing as both a man and a woman through 400 years of history; from the reign of Elizabeth I to the present day.

The Hours

The Hours. 2003. An adaptation of the novel by Michael Cunningham, this is the story of three women living in different time periods of the Twentieth Century all linked by a work of literature. In 1923 Virginia Woolf starts to write her novel 'Mrs Dalloway' whilst struggling to cope with depression and mental illness. In 1951 Laura Brown, a dissatisfied housewife contemplates her own life after reading 'Mrs Dalloway'. In 2000 editor, Clarissa Vaughan, struggles to look after her ex-lover, Richard Brown, who is losing his battle with Aids. Richard nicknames her 'Mrs Dalloway'.


Carrington. 1995. Film about Lytton Strachey - a member of Virginia Woolf's 'Bloomsbury Group' - and his relationship with the painter Dora Carrington. Direction and screenplay by Christopher Hampton. Based on the book Lytton Strachey by Michael Holroyd.

D H Lawrence

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Sons and Lovers.

Sons and Lovers. 1960. Adaptation of D H Lawrence's.

Sons and Lovers.

Sons and Lovers. 2003. Gertrude is trapped in an unhappy marriage to Walter and channels all her love into her sons - particularly Paul. When Paul falls in love with two women a fatal battle of possessive love follows. Based on the classic novel by D H Lawrence.

Women in Love.

Women in Love. 1969. Ken Russell directed what is one of the most passionate and involving adaptations of D H Lawrence. Oliver Reed and Alan Bates star as friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters.

The Rainbow.

The Rainbow. 1989. A respectable and picturesque realisation of D H Lawrence's novel. The Rainbow is director Ken Russell's prequel to his 1969 version of Women in Love. By Russell's standards, this is a remarkably restrained treatment of Lawrence's novel.

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover. BBC adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's literary classic

Jean Rhys

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Quartet. 1981. Director James Ivory brings the bohemian Paris neighbourhood of Montparnasse in the 1920s to life in this film based on the novel by Jean Rhys.


J R R Tolkien

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The Lord of the Rings. Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings. Trilogy. The extended editions of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings present the greatest trilogy in film history in the most ambitious sets in DVD history, bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's work to the screen.

The Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King.

The Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King. Not only is the third and final instalment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien the longest of the three, but a full 50 minutes of new material pushes the running time to a whopping 4 hours and 10 minutes.

The Lord of the Rings. The Two Towers.

The Lord of the Rings. The Two Towers. 2002. With significant extra footage and a multitude of worthwhile bonus features this extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a colossal achievement.

The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Ring.

The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Ring. 2001. In every aspect, the extended edition of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is superior to the theatrical version. No-one who cares at all about the film should ever need to watch the original again.

J R R Tolkien. Master of the Rings.

J R R Tolkien. Master of the Rings. 2004.

Dame Rebecca West

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The Return of the Soldier.

The Return of the Soldier. 1982. From the novel by Dame Rebecca West. Starring Alan Bates, Julie Christie, Ann-Margret, and Glenda Jackson.


Aldous Huxley

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Brave New World

VHS video. Brave New World. 1998. Based on the novel by Aldous Huxley this is the story of two people who live in a society where human emotions are forbidden. VHS video.


L P Hartley

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The Go-Between

The Go-Between. 1970. Screenwriter: Harold Pinter. Director: Joseph Losey. An old man (Michael Redgrave) thinks back to a summer many years before when, as a young boy, he stayed with the aristocratic Maudsley family in their beautiful house in the Norfolk countryside.


Robert Graves

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I Claudius

I Claudius. 1977. An epic saga of dynastic conflict at the heart of Imperial Rome, I Claudius was the landmark BBC drama series of the 1970s. The series dramatises the human face of ancient Rome as interpreted by Robert Graves in his two novels I, Claudius and Claudius The God.

The Shout.

The Shout. 1978. Based on a story by Robert Graves. A macabre tale about a man who believes he has the power to kill with a horrifying death shout. He tells his tale to a composer ho becomes obsessed with harnessing the man's strange powers.


C S Lewis

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The Chronicles of Narnia.

The Chronicles of Narnia. 2005. C.S. Lewis's classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe makes an ambitious and long-awaited leap to the screen in this modern adaptation. It's a CGI-created world laden with all the special effects and visual wizardry modern filmmaking technology can conjure.

The Chronicles of Narnia.
The Chronicles of Narnia. 1988. Originally broadcast in 1988, this adaptation of C S Lewis' powerful fantasy for all ages uses live action, animation and special effects.

The Chronicles of Narnia. The Silver Chair.
The Chronicles of Narnia. The Silver Chair. Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis. Follows the adventures of Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb as they find themselves on a mission to rescue Prince Rillian from a Witch Queen.

Narnia and Beyond, The Chronicles of C. S. Lewis
Narnia and Beyond, The Chronicles of C. S. Lewis


George Orwell

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Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1984.

Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1984. A dramatic story of impossible love and tragic betrayal set in a twisted, horrific world, where all forms of pleasure are illegal.

Animal Farm.

Animal Farm. 1999. Film reflecting George Orwell's satirical piece about the perils of Russian communism. The story follows Farmer Jones and his abusive behaviour to his animals. The animals eventually revolt and take control of the farm.

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Keep the Aspidistra Flying. 1997. Comstock and Rosemary are a typical 1930s couple with modern ideas. He decides to leave his middle class job to become a poet while she works hard to keep her career and their unusual relationship on track. Based on the novel by George Orwell.


Evelyn Waugh

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Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited. 1982. Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons play two young men who meet at Oxford. The story is told in flashback as Irons, now an officer in the British Army is moved with his company to an English country home that he discovers to be Brideshead, Andrews family home where Irons has a series of memories of his youth and young manhood, his loves, life, and a journey of faith and anguish.

Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things. 2003. Evelyn Waugh's early satirical novel Vile Bodies has a special brittleness that makes it unique in fiction. The young, upper-class London socialites-the Throbbings and Miles Malpractice and the rest-strike attitudes, rattle on without ever saying what they mean, fall in and out of ridiculous scrapes, and party, party, party.

The Loved One

The Loved One. 1965. The funeral business gets a giant raspberry in this wickedly wacky, resplendently ridiculous farce based on Evelyn Waugh's macabre comic masterpiece and directed with inspired verve by Tony Richardson.

A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust. 1988. Adapted from Evelyn Waugh's Jazz Age satire, A Handful of Dust is a brutal story of a failed marriage with shattering consquences.

Sword Of Honour

Sword Of Honour. 2001. Adapted from Evelyn Waugh's Sword Of Honour trilogy. (The original novels were entitled Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender.)

Graham Greene

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Brighton Rock.

Brighton Rock. 1947. Rightly regarded as a genuine classic of British cinema, Brighton Rock, based on Graham Greene's novel, has stood the test of time remarkably well to emerge as a tense, original thriller.

The Quiet American

The Quiet American. 2002. Based on the novel by Graham Greene, this story of love and war is set in Saigon, 1952. Thomas Fowler, a journalist for the Times enjoys his life in Vietnam living with a beautiful local woman called Phuong. Fowler's peace is shattered with the arrival of Alden Pyle, a doctor who also falls in love with Phuong.

The End of the Affair.

The End of the Affair. 1999. Based on Graham Greene's most autobiographical novel. Set in a 1940s London that's either blacked-out during the Blitz or wreathed in a pea-souper during the post-war period.

Our Man in Havana.

Our Man in Havana. 1960. Based on the Graham Greene novel inspired by Cold War paranoia.


Christopher Isherwood

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Cabaret. 1972. Musical version of a play based on stories by Christopher Isherwood.

I am a Camera

I am a Camera. 1958. Black and white. A writer living in Berlin meets a vivacious singer and they develop a platonic relationship. Based on the stories written by Christopher Isherwood and the inspiration for the musical Cabaret.


Anthony Powell

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A Dance to the Music of Time.

A Dance to the Music of Time. 1997. Adapted from the novel by Anthony Powell, the story of the upper classes in England from the early 1920s to modern times.


William Golding

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Lord of the Flies.

Lord of the Flies. 1963. In this classic adaptation of William Golding's novel, a planeload of schoolboys are stranded on a tropical island.

Lord of the Flies.

Lord of the Flies. 1990. Harry Hook's adaptation of the William Golding novel.

To the Ends of the Earth.

To the Ends of the Earth. Rites of Passage, Close Quarters and Fire Down Below. Dramatic adaptation of William Golding's trilogy.


Mary Haley Bell

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Whistle Down the Wind

Whistle Down the Wind. 1961. Adaptation of the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and starring her daughter Hayley Mills.


R F Delderfield

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To Serve Them All My Days

To Serve Them All My Days. 1980 Series 1, 2, and 3. Drama based on the novelby R.F. Delderfield. A man who has been invalided out of the Army takes a teaching position at the Bamfylde School during the First World War.

A Horseman Riding By.

A Horseman Riding By. When Paul Craddock is invalided out of the army during the Boer War, he accepts the job as Squire of the Estate of Shallowford. Based on the novel by R F Delderfield.

Carry on Sergeant.

Carry on Sergeant. 1958. Loosely based on The Bull Boys by R F Delderfield.


Laurie Lee

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Cider With Rosie.

Cider With Rosie. 1971. Based on a memoir of English writer Laurie Lee and featuring narration by Lee himself, this made-for-television adaptation begins in wartime 1918 with Lee's family moving to the Gloucestershire countryside.


Colin MacInnes

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Absolute Beginners

Absolute Beginners. 1986. Adaptation of Colin MacInnes's novel. Published in the late 1950's, Absolute Beginners effectively provides a blue-print for the "Swinging Sixties" before that decade had even begun. Through the eyes of his hero, an 'absolute beginner' MacInnes explores the new phenomenon of the teenager.


Anthony Burgess

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A Clockwork Orange.

A Clockwork Orange. 1971. Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess's dystopian novel.


Muriel Spark 1918-2006

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. 1969. Adaptation of Muriel Spark's novelabout a teacher in 1930s Edinburgh more in thrall to her romantic notions of art and beauty than the real world.

Driver's Seat.

Driver's Seat. 1974. Aadaptation of a novel by Muriel Spark. With Elizabeth Taylor. Aka Psychotic.

Nasty Habits.

Nasty Habits. 1976. Adaptation of The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark.


Paul Scott

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The Jewel in the Crown.

The Jewel in the Crown. 1984. Based on Paul Scott's Raj Quartet. Depicts the lives and loves of people caught in the turbulence of India struggling to break the chains of oppression.


Sir Kingsley Amis

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Lucky Jim.

Lucky Jim. 1957. From the novel by Kingsley Amis, about a young lecturer Jim Dixon who is dismayed at the prospect of spending a weekend at his professor's home.


John Braine

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Room at the Top.

Room at the Top. 1959. A facinating work from an era during which British society altered its attitudes.


Brendan Behan

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Borstal Boy

Borstal Boy. 2000. Adaptation of Brendan Behan's memoir.


Nicholas Mosley 1923-2017

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Accident. 1967. Based on a novel by Nicholas Mosley. Screenplay by Harold Pinter. Directed by Joseph Losey. USA: With The Mind Benders and The Servant. (Screenplay by Harold Pinter). UK: With The Family Way, from a play by Bill Naughton.


Gerald Durrell

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My Family and Other Animals.
My Family and Other Animals. 2005. When the dreary English weather of 1935 gets to be too much for the eccentric Durrell family, they set off for the rustic, sun-drenched Greek island of Corfu, and the unknown.

Gerald Durrell - Himself And Other Animals

Gerald Durrell - Himself And Other Animals. Three features. In To The Island Of The Aye-Aye a quest to set up a captive breeding programme for the Aye Aye is hampered when the creature lives up to its elusive reputation. Also features Jambo The Gentle Giant and Himself And Other Animals.


Robert Cormier

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I am the Cheese.

I am the Cheese. 1983. Adaptation of Robert Cormier's novel.

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway.

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. Adaptation of Robert Cormier's novel.

John Fowles

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The French Lieutenant's Woman.

The French Lieutenant's Woman. 1981. Writer Harold Pinter and director Karel Reisz take an experimental spin with John Fowles's magnificent novel set in Victorian England.

The Collector.

The Collector. 1965 Adaptation of John Fowles's novel about a butterfly collector who captures a girl and keeps her captive.


Ruth Prawer Jhabvala 1927-2013

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Heat and Dust.

Heat and Dust. 1982. This Merchant Ivory production is based upon the book of the same name by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who also wrote the screenplay.


Alan Sillitoe 1928-2010

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. 1960. A Nottingham factory worker who enjoys drink and a good time takes up with two women but soon has to face up to reality. Based on the novel by Alan Sillitoe.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. 1962. A Borstal boy has nothing going for him except the ability to run. He is selected to compete against a public school and starts a training programme, during which he relives his troubled past and plans how to show his contempt for authority.


Stan Barstow 1928-2011

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A Kind of Loving.

A Kind of Loving. 1962. Vic (Alan Bates) begins a relationship with Ingrid (June Ritchie), a typist at the Lancashire factory where he works as a draughtsman and his life comes apart at the seams.


William Trevor 1928-2016

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Felicia's Journey.

Felicia's Journey. 1999. Atom Egoyan's adaptation of William Trevor's novel. When Felicia takes off in search of the father of her child, this novel takes a surprising turn as she is submerged into the modern English urban landscape, encountering both the kindness and the cruelty of strangers.

My House in Umbria.

My House in Umbria. 2003. Based on the novella by William Trevor, My House in Umbria is set in the sprawling Italian countryside. After a tragic train accident, four survivors find solace in the villa of an English writer, Mrs. Delahunty.


Keith Waterhouse 1929-2009

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Billy Liar.

Billy Liar. 1963. Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series.


Lynne Reid Banks

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The L-Shaped Room.

The L-Shaped Room. 1962. A woman faces life in a shabby, suburban bed-sit after being jilted and left pregnant. With Darling, starring Julie Christie, screenplay by Frederic Raphael.


J G Ballard

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Empire of the Sun.

Empire of the Sun. 1987. Author: J.G. Ballard. Screenwriter: Tom Stoppard. The World War II adventures of young Jim, caught in the throes of the fall of China. What if you once had everything and lost it all in an afternoon? What if you were only 12 years old at the time?


Crash. 1997. Adapted from the controversial novel by J.G. Ballard, Crash will either repel or amaze you, with little or no room for a neutral reaction.


David Storey 1933-2017

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This Sporting Life.

This Sporting Life. 1963. Lindsay Anderson weaves this small, evocative tale of young life at the crossroads in early 1960s Northern England. Based on the novel by David Storey.

In Celebration.

In Celebration. 1975. Adapted from the play by David Storey. The story of an English family and their gathering together for the parents' wedding anniversary.


Home. 1972. Made-for-TV adaptation of David Storey's award-winning comedy-drama.


Beryl Bainbridge 1934-2010

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An Awfully Big Adventure.

An Awfully Big Adventure. 1995. Adapted from Beryl Bainbridge's novel, with Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant.


Nell Dunn

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Poor Cow.

Poor Cow. 1967. Baseed on Nell Dunn's novel, Ken Loach's debut feature tells the story of a young mother whose chauvinistic thug of a husband is thrown into prison. She takes up with one of his friends, lovable, kind-hearted burglar Terence Stamp, but he too ends up in jail.

Poor Cow.

Up The Junction. 1968. A priviledged Chelsea girl, Suzy Kendall, crosses the river to Wandsworth to mix in with the local working-class people in order that she can escape what she believes is her drab and stuffy life. She has the family chauffeur drop her off on the far side of Battersea Bridge and she sets off to land herself a job on the production line of a local sweet factory. Soon, she is accepted by her colleagues and finds herself a room to lodge in. Buying furniture for her place, she meets a local boy (Dennis Waterman). She has a rude awakening when she comes to experience the seemy side of British working class life from which her boyfriend is so desparate to escape and leave behind.


Margaret Forster 1938-2016

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Georgy Girl

Georgy Girl. 1966. Adaptation of the novel by Margaret Forster. A comedy featuring a shy girl who is exposed to a wild time by her sultry room-mate in swinging London.


A S Byatt

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Posession. 2002. Clever adaptation of the Byatt's novel, merging past and present perfectly together.


Angels And Insects. 1995. A powerful romantic drama of shocking sensuality, Angels & Insects uncovers the dark and decadent desires lurking just beneath the surface of Victorian England.


Barry Hines 1939-2016

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Kes. 1969. Adapted by Ken Loach from A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines.


Ted Lewis

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Get Carter.

Get Carter. 1971.. Possibly the grittiest and best film of its kind to come out of Britain. Ted Lewis's novel Jack's Return Home was renamed Get Carter after the success of the film.


Angela Carter

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The Company of Wolves.

The Company of Wolves. 1984. Based on Angela Carter's story, a psychologically themed retelling of Little Red Riding Hood from a Freudian and slightly feminist angle.


Iain Sinclair 1943-

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London Orbital

London Orbital. 2004. Based on M25 or London Orbital Motorway


Ian McEwan

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The Cement Garden.

The Cement Garden. 1992. A teenage brother and sister who lose their parents discover each other. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan.

The Comfort of Strangers.

The Comfort of Strangers. 1991. Mary and Colin return to Venice to recapture the happiness of their previous holiday and to decide their future together. Their peace is disturbed however, when they are befriended by another couple. A sinister tale of beauty and destruction. Screenplay by Harold Pinter.

Enduring Love

Enduring Love. 2004. A red hot-air balloon floating gracefully over the green English countryside leads to a shocking death in Enduring Love, an eerie and hypnotic movie based on a novel by Ian McEwan.

The Ploughman's Lunch.

The Ploughman's Lunch. 1983. A writer displays a troubling streak of opportunism in his personal and professional lives in this British drama.


Atonement. 2007. Atonement tells the story of Cecilia Tallis (Knightley), and the housekeeper’s son, Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). Set during the heat of 1935, their coming together and the ensuing drama brings in Cecilia’s thirteen-year old sister, Briony, whose actions prove to have far-reaching repercussions.

Martin Amis

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The Rachel Papers.

The Rachel Papers. 1989. Teen sex comedy derived from the novel by Martin Amis.

Mood Swingers.

Mood Swingers. 2001

Dead Babies

Dead Babies. Having inherited a large estate, upper-class bohemian Giles decides to hold a drug-fuelled party for all of his friends. Unbeknown to them, however, the mansion is being staked out by the Conceptualists, an unforgiving terrorist organisation.

Saturn 3.

Saturn 3. 1980. Screenplay by Martin Amis.


Patrick McGrath

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Asylum. 2005. Adaptation of the novel by Patrick McGrath. Screenwriting by Patrick Marber. Stella Raphael, an unhappy woman who is forced to move with her son, Charlie to Yorkshire when her husband, Max earns a post as deputy superintendent of a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane. Among the patients there is Edgar Stark, a brooding sculptor who has been imprisoned for the brutal murder of his wife.


Spider. 2002. Internal madness is hypnotically externalized in David Cronenberg's Spider, a disturbing portrait of schizophrenia. Adapted by Patrick McGrath from his celebrated novel.


Kazuo Ishiguro

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The Remains of the Day.

The Remains of the Day. 1993. One of Merchant-Ivory's most thought-provoking films. Anthony Hopkins is a model of restraint and propriety as Stevens, the butler who "knows his place".

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Intimacy. 2001. Based on a story by Hanif Kureishi. Two strangers meet to make love every Wednesday. When Jay, who has split from his wife, decides to follow Claire and find out more about her, he realises that it is he, who is being used.

My Son the Fanatic.

My Son the Fanatic. 1997. Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. A bittersweet story about a Pakistani taxicab driver in London who learns the hard way that multiculturalism is a myth.

My Beautiful Laundrette.
My Beautiful Laundrette. 1986. Stephen Frears' low-budget realisation of Hanif Kureishi's subversively critical play captures the contradictions of that time in a way that's as fresh today as when it was new.

The Mother,
The Mother, 2003, centres around an uncomfortably atypical relationship. By Hanif Kureishi, who's been poking at British propriety since My Beautiful Laundrette


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Fever Pitch.

Fever Pitch. 2005. Rrumpled, amiable Colin Firth plays a rumpled, amiable English teacher named Paul. He's also an obsessive football fan who's been avidly following Arsenal for 18 years.

High Fidelity.

High Fidelity. 2000. Transplanted from England to the not-so-mean streets of Chicago, the screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult-classic novel High Fidelity emerges unscathed from its Americanisation.

About a Boy.

About a Boy. 2002. The film version of Nick Hornby's novel.


Irvine Welsh

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Trainspotting. Trainspotting's wised-up, dead-beat inhabitants reject mainstream society in favour of a headlong rush to destruction.


Dockers. Co-written by Irvine Welsh and Jimmy McGovern. A dramatised account of the history of the Liverpool Dockers dispute put together by the sacked dockers themselves and their partners whilst attending WEA classes. Assistance was given by Jimmy McGovern and Irvine Welsh.


Jeanette Winterson

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. 1990. Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical noveltransfers wonderfully to the screen in this BBC adaptation (with a screenplay by Winterson).

Shades of Fear

Shades of Fear. 1994. Screenplay by Jeanette Winterson. About a young woman determined to become an aviator in the 1950s.


Esther Freud

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

Hideous Kinky. 1999. Hideous Kinky journeys back to the early 1970s to Marrakesh, that hippy mecca for everyone from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to Gillies MacKinnon, the director of this movie. Here you'll find one nice but confused middle-class young woman escaping the daily grind of a drab London with her two young daughters in tow



J K Rowling

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Harry Potter Years 1-3

Harry Potter Years 1-3. Three features: Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban. Adapted from J.K. Rowling's third novel, this family fantasy adventure story finds Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermione (played by Emma Watson) and Ron (played by Rupert Grint), facing the dangerous convict Sirius Black (played by Gary Oldman). Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban Prison and is said to be on his way to Hogwarts.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets. Harry Potter returns for his second year at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry along with his best friends Hermione and Ron. He ignores warnings not to go back to Hogwarts by a mysterious house elf named Dobby. Soon into the school year strange things start happening.

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone. Harry Potter lives the first ten years of his life, unhappily, with his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia unaware that his parents had been a wizard and a witch. When he is invited to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry he discovers that there are two worlds: that of the Muggles where he grew up and the magic and fantasy world where he is destined to live.


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